It’s true. You have an adversary who wants to attack your desires, your thoughts, even how you see and treat your body. So you and I need to be on guard against Satan’s schemes.
According to 1 Peter 5:8, “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (NASB). But God’s Word also gives us a strategy against those attacks by telling us to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…” (Ephesians 6:11-18). I find it interesting that every piece of “armor” described in that passage refers to the character of Christ. In other words, put on Christ-likeness – abide in Christ – and you will fend off the attacks of the enemy.
We abide in Christ through surrender and constant communion with Him. As you suit up with the armor of God, here are five prayers to pray against Satan’s attacks on your heart, mind, emotions, mouth, and body.
Table of contents
- 1 1. A Prayer to Guard Your Heart
- 2 2. A Prayer to Defend Your Mind
- 3 3. A Prayer to Calm Your Emotions
- 4 4. A Prayer to Cover Your Mouth
- 5 5. A Prayer to Protect Your Body
- 6 What is Sleep Paralysis?
- 7 Is it a spiritual attack or does science have a credible explanation for it?
- 8 My Sleep Paralysis Experiences
- 9 Possible Door Openers to the Enemy And Solutions
- 10 The Spiritual War We Are All In
- 11 Prayer for Guilt Attacks
- 12 Prayer for Your Armor
- 13 Prayer for Relationships
- 14 Prayer for Discernment
- 15 Fighting the Invisible
- 16 Conclusion
1. A Prayer to Guard Your Heart
Lord God, Captain of my heart, Satan knows if I follow Your Greatest Commandment – to love You with all my heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37) – he is powerless over me. Guard my heart, Lord Jesus, so that it beats for You alone. Don’t let me grow complacent toward You or be lured to love anyone or anything more than You. Remove the idols from my heart so that You alone command my allegiance and utmost affections Help me to love and forgive others as You have forgiven me so the enemy can get no foothold through hate or bitterness on my part. Cultivate in my heart Your love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (>1 Corinthians 13:7, NASB). Finally, Lord, set my heart on things above, not on earthly things. Help me to remember that You died for me and my life is now hidden which Christ in God (>Colossians 3:1-2). Increase my longing for heaven so this world holds no power over me.
2. A Prayer to Defend Your Mind
Almighty God, cover my mind with the helmet of Your salvation, reminding me constantly that I am Your child and the enemy can’t mess with me. Fix my thoughts, Lord Jesus, on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Help me to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise so Your peace will guard my mind (Philippians 4:8-9). Don’t let me copy the behavior and customs of this world, but transform me into a new person by changing the way I think. Then I will learn to recognize Your will for me which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2, NLT). Saturate my mind with Your truth so I am convinced that the answers are found in Your Word, not out in the world.
3. A Prayer to Calm Your Emotions
Lord, keep the enemy at bay by calming my emotions with the peace of Your presence. Help me to follow Your command and not worry about anything, but pray about everything, with a thankful heart offering up prayers and requests to you so that You can give me that peace that no one can completely understand – a peace that will control the way I think and feel (Phil. 4:6-7, CEV). Remind me, daily, that You are the Only One who can meet my emotional needs so I don’t look to any person for my identity, validation, or for my love tank to be filled. Thank You that You are the God of peace, the God of order, the God who heals my wounds and helps me sort through and make sense of life. You are not the God of chaos or confusion. Fill me with Your Spirit so I may express to others only love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
4. A Prayer to Cover Your Mouth
Lord, Jesus, guard my mouth so that my words will be few. Help me to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19). Don’t let me speak reckless words that can pierce like swords. Instead, give me a tongue that brings healing (Proverbs 12:18). Don’t let me give in to gossip or speak careless critical words that will wound others. Keep the enemy far from me so that no unwholesome talk comes out of my mouth but only what is helpful for building others up, according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Don’t let me grieve the Holy Spirit through my words (Ephesians 4:29-30).
5. A Prayer to Protect Your Body
Lord, I give my body to You. Let it be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind You will find acceptable (Romans 12:1, NLT). I know from Your Word that Satan can not sift me like wheat or even lay a hand on me without Your permission. So place Your hedge around me so that my body – Your temple – can be preserved, pure, holy, and healthy for You (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Block Satan’s attempts to make me doubt that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) and don’t let me listen to his taunts to harm my body through neglect, contempt, addiction or abuse. I am Yours, Lord Jesus, and I want to glorify You in my body so keep me from Satan’s attempts and the temptations in this world and in my flesh to make me impure, to dress immodestly, to make my body a showcase or advertisement for evil or self glorification.
As you pray that God will develop the fruits of His Holy Spirit in every area of your life, you will be invincible through prayer to the one who seeks to tear you down and make you less like Christ.
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and best-selling author who helps women and couples find strength for the soul. She is the author of 15 books, including When Women Walk Alone (more than 125,000 copies sold), When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, When Couples Walk Together, (co-authored with her husband, Hugh), and her newest, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom. For more on her books, ministry, or free resources to strengthen your soul or marriage, see her website: StrengthForTheSoul.com.
Publication date: September 7, 2016
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What is Sleep Paralysis?
Many of you reading this probably have experienced it at least once in your lifetime or know someone who has experienced it. You wake up suddenly from sleep and you try to move but can’t no matter how much you exert yourself. You may manage to slightly move your toes or some other body part but it is a struggle and you still can’t move your entire body. This can go on for a few seconds or minutes but at times it can feel like an eternity. During an episode you may perceive an evil, malicious presence. You may feel utter dread. You may also have actually seen a shadow person or a shadow person wearing a hat or some other evil, demonic looking entity. You may have experienced some entity sitting on your chest or had an episode accompanied by an entity doing sexual things to your body. Some people have reported having someone’s hands over their neck choking them; others have had heard mocking laughter during an episode.
Lately, it has received more mainstream attention with a recent Netflix documentary and with so-called celebrity Kendall Jenner mentioning it. The phenomena is called Sleep Paralysis. If you haven’t experienced it I can imagine the difficulty of trying to understand what it is like to experience it. Verily, it can be one of the most frightening experiences for a person and it feels very real to the experiencer.
Is it a spiritual attack or does science have a credible explanation for it?
The Christian website GotQuestion.Org always seems to come up on a Google search when you ask a question related to Christianity. Sadly, they deny sleep paralysis is a spiritual phenomenon:
….there is an entirely physiological explanation for the phenomenon known as sleep paralysis. As we fall asleep, our minds may enter a hypnagogic state. It’s what happens when the sleeper’s still-aware mind is faced with dream images. As some people wake up, they experience a hypnopompic state, which is the dreaming mind faced with stimuli from the real world. In both cases, the dreams can seem very real, taking on a vivid, hallucinatory feeling. Often these images are of black smudges, which the confused mind interprets as human figures, sometimes called “shadow people.” The hallucinations can also take the form of sounds like a loud bang or a child’s cry. These episodes frequently begin with a falling feeling followed by a “hypnic jerk” where the body’s muscles violently contract…..
Muscle paralysis in sleep is a necessary thing. People who act out their dreams on a regular basis are prone to accidental injury—even jumping out of windows. Knowing that you’re asleep and paralyzed, however, can be frightening. You tell yourself to open your eyes, just to get caught in another false awakening. One theory is that sleep paralysis affects the larger parts of the body more completely. You can try to wake up by wiggling your toes or fingers. It’s also possible to pray during this time. This will often give comfort that lets you fall back into unconsciousness. You may be able to avoid sleep paralysis by getting sufficient rest and avoiding drugs and alcohol.
In probably the vast majority of cases, sleep paralysis is just a quirk in a person’s REM cycle, not a spiritual attack.
Huh, really? I have read statistics or studies that shows many Christians actually don’t believe in a real, tangible devil exists. What an utter joke. Satan and his angels must be laughing their butts off at such professing Christians as it is a much more effective way for the enemy to attack and operate. It is apparent in the Bible satan and his demons are presented as real entities.
Guys, sleep paralysis is totally a demonic attack! I am 100% certain that it is. It’s not a hallucination like the secular scientists or even some self proclaimed Christians try to rationalize it. It’s a disservice to many people looking for answers and solutions who happen to go on that site to read such nonsense. Scientists try to explain it away by saying sleep paralysis is merely the brain delaying to alert the body to wake up – our brains shut down our body so it won’t act out while we are dreaming. But just think about it, if it was merely a hallucination then how come people don’t see Mickey Mouse or Hello Kitty or Super Mario? Or how come people don’t report seeing a very beautiful woman or a handsome man? There are a zillion things a person can hallucinate but instead it is something almost always sinister such as a shadow humanoid figure or aliens. And if you don’t know the “aliens” people have reported seeing come from the same source. More on that later.
If it was merely a hallucination then why do just about all cultures throughout the world associate it with a spiritual attack? This phenomena is worldwide and not just a modern western phenomena.
In China, it is known as guǐ yā chuáng which literally means “ghost pressing on body.” In Korean culture it is called gawi nulim which means “being pressed down by something scary in a dream. In Thailand it is called Phi Am and believed to be caused by a ghost and can even inflict bruises. In Hmong culture, sleep paralysis is understood to be caused by a nocturnal pressing spirit, dab tsog. Dab tsog attacks “sleepers” by sitting on their chests, sometimes attempting to strangle them. Some believe that dab tsog is responsible for sudden unexpected nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS). In Vietnamese culture, sleep paralysis is called ma đè, meaning “held down by a ghost,” or bóng đè, meaning “held down by a shadow.”
There are more examples. In Arabic culture it is referred to as Ja-thoom which literally means “what sits heavily on something.” In southeast Africa it is known as jinamizi which means “strangled by jinn.” In Pakistan, sleep paralysis is considered an encounter with Shaitan (satan), evil jinns or demons who have taken over one’s body.
In Turkish culture, sleep paralysis is often referred to as karabasan(“the dark presser/assailer”). It is believed to be a creature that attacks people in their sleep, pressing on their chest and stealing their breath. However, folk legends do not provide a reason why the devil or ifrit does that.
In Persian culture it is known as bakhtak, which is a ghost-like creature that sits on the dreamer’s chest, making breathing hard for them.
In Kurdish culture, sleep paralysis is often referred to as motakka. It is believed to be a demon that attacks people in their sleep, and particularly children of young age, and steals their breath away as they breathe heavily and keeps it out of reach.
In Nigeria it is called “the devil on your back”. In Mexico it is believed that it is the spirit of a dead person they call it “subirse el muerto.”
In Greece and Cyprus, it is believed that sleep paralysis occurs when a ghost-like creature or Demon named Mora, Vrahnas or Varypnas tries to steal the victim’s speech or sits on the victim’s chest causing asphyxiation.
In many parts of the Southern United States, the phenomenon is known as a hag or “witch riding,” and the event is said to portend an approaching tragedy or accident.
My Sleep Paralysis Experiences
I will try to explain my experiences the best way I can for it is difficult to articulate spiritual experiences. Also, a lot of my experiences occurred over several years so my retelling of it may be disjointed or lack cohesiveness because it all seems like a blur to me now. My apologies.
I have had sleep paralysis since I was a teenager. I think my first memory of sleep paralysis was when I went to visit my grandparents house in Panama in central America. I remember I woke up paralyzed and saw flashes of light all through out the room and it made a strange noise while it was happening. Very bizarre experience to say the least. Part of me knew it was demonic or aliens were literally trying to abduct me but another part of me didn’t know what in the world was going on.
During my teenage years I remember I had an experience when during sleep paralysis an “alien” would act like it would was implanting something into my ear. Satan’s kingdom knew I was questioning the existence of aliens at that time and tried to use it to ruin my faith in God. I remember expecting my physician to find something inside of my ear using an otoscope but nothing would be found. I thought it was weird but I didn’t make the connection that it was really demons messing with me until I realized that aliens were really just demons masquerading.
A lot of times after a sleep paralysis attacked I would be utterly baffled about what just happened. It was until I did research on the internet I found out it was a phenomenon that a lot of people have experienced so much so it even had a name: sleep paralysis. To my surprise I discovered it’s a common occurrence. I read testimonies online where people experienced things similar to what I experienced, especially the old hag attack. I don’t think I will ever forget this experience where I woke up with what I perceived to be a witch sitting on my chest trying to choke me to death. Even after I broke out of the paralysis I could perceive the witch flying around my room in circles.
Then about About 5 years ago the sleep paralysis attacked reached a crescendo – meaning it ramped up in frequency and intensity. This fiery trial or ordeal went on for a period of about 4+ years. I believe it was because I repented of all my sins and totally recommitted and gave my whole life to the Lord and God Jesus Christ. I remember when I turned back to God I felt the Holy Spirit strong in me again. I was pretty shocked that God would forgive me of my sins because I have done a lot of wickedness in God’s eyes. I actually thought everything from that point on things were going to be smooth sailing in regards to my walk with my God. Little did I know the enemy was right there ready to retaliate and try to hinder my walk. It was like he pointed his infrared beam on me ready to take me out. From that point on all hell broke loose against me. Soon after I felt a threatening, evil entity stalking me but initially I would try to dismiss it as my mind just imagining things. It felt like it desired worship from me. I know, strange. But considering satan desired worship from Jesus in retrospect it makes sense one of his angels wanted worship from me. I remember soon after I took a nap and then it happened: the sleep paralysis attack. I woke up unable to move my body and no matter how much effort I exerted I couldn’t manage to move. I felt this dark, sinister shadow envelope my being. I thought in my head “I am a dead man”. I knew this thing was going to kill me right then and there. But as it was about to “swallow me up” completely I thought in my head “Ah, don’t worry I have Jesus,” then immediately the darkness lifted off of me. Most people would probably be freaked out by it. But I was more rejoicing in the fact that I trusted Jesus even to the point of death.
You thought that was strange it gets stranger. I remember the next day or several days later I took a nap and again I experienced sleep paralysis. I barely closed my eyes to take a nap and I woke up hearing a static noise one would hear on a TV on channel 3. I broke out of the paralysis and I thought it was weird because my TV wasn’t on. I thought perhaps my brain is malfunctioning. I went back to take a nap and I barely closed my eyes then it happened again, the sleep paralysis with the same TV static sound but this time one of the most bizarre experiences I ever had (and I have had a lot of them) occurred. An evil spirit tried to enter my body through my chest while I was in paralysis. One may ask how do I know it was an evil spirit? Because it felt like the dirtiest, most unclean, evil, wicked thing. Now I know why Jesus called some spirits unclean when He expelled demons out of people. In Mark ch. 5, Jesus met a demoniac and Jesus said “Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.” That’s what it exactly felt like. Very, very, very unclean. I felt all yucky and disgusted as if when you see someone covered with bugs. When it tried to enter my body I “read” its thoughts or “inner voice”. It had an animal-like snarl I have never heard before and knew the type of spirit it was. It was a spirit behind a sin that had a stronghold over my life for many years that I repented for and overcame. I knew the assignment the spirit had on me. I resisted the spirit and it left.
Afterwards I naturally got up out of my bed stunned, shocked, and disoriented. I then got out of my house and went to the gym. I walked around like I just went through trauma and as I was walking through the gym I literally wanted to scream out “the devil is real, repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.” I can kind of chuckle about it thinking back but it was a very serious situation for me at that time.
From that point on I had sleep paralysis attacks every night and even multiple times a night for a long time. A lot of times I wouldn’t even sleep, I would just barely close my eyes and I would have a sleep paralysis attack. God allowed me to actually see into the spirit realm. I can recall one time where I was about to go to sleep I “saw” in the spirit realm a demon running at a very fast speed to my bedroom. I saw in the spirit realm that it stuck its head through the wall to scope me out. It was preparing to attack me because it knew I was about to go asleep.
During this period with my many experiences with sleep paralysis I had a particular demon harass me. Even when I wasn’t sleeping I would perceive it was in my room and I would feel the most intense hatred and evil emanating from it. At times I couldn’t even stand it to be in my presence. The best way I can describe it is when you are standing in front of a very hot open oven and you want to close the door or walk away to get away from the heat. Same idea with this demon but instead of the intense heat it was intense evil, hatred and ugliness emanating from it. I would tell it to leave in the name of Jesus Christ but it would continuously return. I resorted to fasting against this evil spirit in the name of Jesus. In Mark 9:29 and Matthew 17:21 Jesus said some spirits will not come out unless you pray and fast. This spirit wasn’t in my body but attacking me externally but I thought it was a worth a try to fast. I had nothing to lose to give it a try, right? This is when I first started getting into fasting so I really didn’t know what to do. I didn’t eat for about 4-5 days and I just said a simple short prayer to Jesus to have this fast be against that spirit. The day I ended my fast the spirit entered my bedroom to confront me and I felt the most intense anger and rage coming from the spirit. The atmosphere in the room was so thick with evil and anger that you can cut it with a butterknife. Then I perceived this evil spirit communicating to me saying angrily “why did you fast against me?” I was like “wow, so you hate fasting so then I am going to keep doing it then.” I incorporated fasting as part of my spiritual warfare arsenal. Eventually the spirit left but the sleep paralysis attacks continued. I believe there are a hosts of evil spirits assigned to Christians.
I also experienced demons literally hold me down while paralyzed. I can feel their actual hands on my body holding me down. I had experienced a demon trying to pierce me with something very sharp while in sleep paralysis. I once experienced demon or demons trying to pull me out of my body while in sleep paralysis. Even when I wasn’t asleep demons would show up. My heart would start racing and you would feel the most utter oppression, dread, fear, and evil in the atmosphere and I would feel this entity wanting to literally kill me right then and there.
I can recall a demon that entered my my room while I was asleep and somehow managed to show up in my dream. The dream was pretty random but it involved music and I heard someone in the dream say to me “dance.” I said assertively “no, I only dance for Jesus!” Immediately I woke up in a sleep paralysis state. Apparently the demon got angry I proclaimed my loyalty to Lord Jesus and retaliated.
One time I fasted for several weeks petitioning something from the Lord. After several weeks when I prayed I felt oil dripping down my head. I had a sleep paralysis attack where a demon actually took out a vacuum to try to suck it up. I know, weird.
There were times that sleep paralysis attacks would happen so frequently that I would think in my head before it happens “and here we go again.” But one night I did something differently and prayed to Jesus to send an angel to protect me. I saw in the spirit an angel standing outside my bedroom window and I didn’t get attacked that night. I never asked because I would think “who am I to ask God to send an angel on my behalf?” Thanks be to God that He would dispatch an angel for believers especially if you ask.
I can recall one night when I woke up from a dead sleep and I perceived a demon in my closet peeking at me (perhaps preparing to attack me with sleep paralysis?). And it was my inner voice rebuking it in my head but it wasn’t me who was doing it (I believe it was the Holy Spirit in me doing it). Then the demon flew right past my head as it fled. Strange.
As a person who refrains from any sexual activity (which includes masturbation) as every Christian should be doing if he or she is not married, the enemy knows at times I get tempted. I would have sleep paralysis attacks where demons would hold my body down (and I could actually feel their hands holding me down) and try to sexually stimulate my private parts. This has actually happened to me many times. It is very invasive and violating to go through this. I believe the enemy has demons observing every Christian and they study the person plotting to snare the person into sin. The enemy know lust is one of my weaknesses.
I can recall one time after a long time of prayer I accidentally fell asleep at a park in my car where a Mormon church (which is a cult) was located nearby. I don’t know if there was a connection with the Mormon church but a dark cloud that came from the direction the church was located came over me and I was paralyzed and I tried with all my strength to scream Jesus help me then it lifted off me.
It didn’t matter where I slept. If I slept in the car I got sleep paralysis. If I slept at work during my break it would happen. I have had multiple people living in the same house and no one else experiences what I experience. Just about all the time I can feel or perceive the entity approaching me when I am lying down in my bed as if it is waiting for me to fall asleep to attack me.
Why did this happen to me so frequently? I believe I became a target because I turned back to God. Satan goes for the true born again Christians – those who truly seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness and to follow Jesus because they are a threat to satan’s kingdom.
By the way, not one time I was horrified or scared throughout this whole ordeal. To tell the truth I was more fascinated than anything else. It can be really mind boggling to know with 100% certainty that demons exists. For a lot of people it’s difficult for the natural mind to accept there are spiritual entities. But after the fascination wore off and I developed a strong hatred against them and even more determined to cling on to God and do more for His kingdom.
Possible Door Openers to the Enemy And Solutions
You may ask why does sleep paralysis happen to some and not others? I believe there are several primary reasons why it routinely happens to some people. With my experience and observation with deliverance – that is, casting demons out of people – when you practice sin you break the hedge of protection that God has around you and you unwittingly opened the passage for the enemy to come on in and attack you. I believe there are other ways that hedge protection can be broken such as your parents practicing witchcraft or occult or being involved with a person who practice such abominations.
I think stepping into the enemy’s territory can open doors. I remember one time I reluctantly went to a nightclub with a couple of friends and that same night when I went to sleep I had sleep paralysis and I perceived demons hovering above me going around in circles. Several months ago I went with a friend as he gave me a tour of some bars he frequented. I was just curious to see what it was like inside and despite not even drinking or anything of that nature that same night I got attacked.
The enemy hates when a Christian has a strong, consistent prayer life. I would tend to receive retaliation through sleep paralysis after I have engaged in heavy prayer. So it is possible that you are not necessarily doing anything wrong at all but you are just high on the enemy’s hit list because you are heavily engaged in spiritual warfare (whether it is through praying incessantly and fervently, fasting, evangelizing etc.).
Apparently the medical establishment has no solution for sleep paralysis because it is fundamentally a spiritual problem. The solution is to repent of your sins and give your life to the Lord and God Jesus Christ. The list of sins can include masturbation, porn watching and any other sexually immorality which is running rampant in the U.S. New Age or eastern mysticism practices can open doorways. Not too many people are stupid enough to open doorways to the enemy by practicing satanism so the devil deceives people to open doorways through New Age spirituality or eastern mysticism. At the root of New Age is self centeredness. The originator of the modern New Age movement comes from Madame Blavatasky (Hitler was a fan of her) who admitted Lucifer was her god. If you are practicing meditation, black or white magic, astral projection, energy crystals, tarot cards, reiki, seeing a psychic, a palm reader or watching horror movies please repent and renounce it in the name of Jesus Christ.
Having certain objects can have demonic attachments such as ouija boards, dream catchers, idols (which can include Buddhist, Hindu, or Islamic related objects) etc. If you have such objects get rid of it as soon possible. Get rid of any ungodly objects in your home, period. Please repent and renounce it in the name of Jesus Christ.
Here is a list of things you may be practicing or have they may be opening up doors to the enemy .
There could be generational curses. If your ancestors were involved with the occult, shamanism, witchcraft, New Age etc. it could leave you vulnerable to sleep paralysis. You can try breaking those curses in the name of Jesus Christ.
If you still happen to be under attack during an episode you can even call upon Jesus Christ even in your mind during an episode (yes, God knows all of your thoughts, He is God after all). God hears when anyone calls out to Him especially in urgency and in faith.
I have played an audio Bible (you can find many uploaded on Youtube) while sleeping to prevent attacks. The Bible reads God’s word is like a two edged sword (Heb. 4:12), like fire, and a hammer (Jer. 23:39). The enemy hates to hear the word of God. This is what I know for certain from my experience with praying deliverance for people. I have actually heard demons scream out of the mouth of a person when reading scripture.
Just know Jesus Christ is infinitely more powerful than the devil and his minions. In fact, when Jesus was walking on the earth about 2,000 years ago demons were terrified of Him and would cry out not to send them to hell. In Luke 4:34 it reads “Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.” And in Matthew 8:29 it reads “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?”
The Spiritual War We Are All In
If you are a believer the devil doesn’t want you to know Jesus said in Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you…“. Did you catch that? He gives AUTHORITY OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY.
The enemy uses intimidation through deception. He’s not so scary if you have Jesus Christ and stand on His word. The enemy is not as strong as he presents himself to be. If he was so powerful then all of us would be killed right now. God has the enemy on a leash. He can only do what God allows him to do. The reason most people are not killed during a sleep paralysis attack is because God’s protective hand preventing the enemy from doing so. Remember Job? Satan could only do to Job what God allowed him to.
When I was going through my ordeal or fiery trial I visited numerous churches and told them about my problem and sadly they didn’t know what to say or do. Most Christians have no clue about spiritual warfare which is sad because they should be the ones who should have the remedy for spiritual issues, as Christians are the ones with the truth. The vast majority of Christians are what I call religious or nominal Christians – they never repented of their sins and denied themselves, fast, give up the vain things of the world etc. for Lord Jesus. They are not a viable threat to satan’s kingdom . It seems like satan has done a number on a lot of Christian churches in America. It’s really too bad many of our churches are so filled with nonsensical, watered down messages. Many Christians don’t have discernment and thus are blind to the seriousness of the war we are all in. The whole world is in darkness and in bondage to satan. There is a worldwide spiritual war going on for the souls of multitudes and yet the church is not equipped to address it or even acknowledge it.
I felt alone when I went through the fiery trials but I looked up and found other Christians online who went through something similar I went through so I know I wasn’t going crazy. By God’s grace I was able to overcome the fiery trials. Thank be to God.
Whether you believe it or not we are born into a world with a spiritual dimension. The Bible reads in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Basically for satan and his demons their mission is to kill, steal, destroy and deceive and ultimately drag you to the lake of fire where he is sentenced to go in the future. The Bible reads satan is the god (lowercase “g”) of this age (2 Cor. 4:4). He is called the prince of the power of the air and the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience (Eph. 2:2). Jesus called satan the ruler of the world (John 12:31; 14:30). Indeed the Bible reads the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one (1 John 5:19). The fact satan offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus worshipped him testifies satan really is the ruler of this world. Jesus never denied he owned the kingdoms. The gall of the devil to tempt the Creator to worship him!
I really hope skeptics or unbelievers in Christ realize there really is a real spiritual realm. I can’t emphasize it enough there is a spiritual battle going on for your soul. Satan’s job is to keep you to repent from your sins and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ so you won’t be sealed with the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth.
To all those who are skeptical you are going to have to deal with the fact your favorite musicians or actor believes in the spirit realm. Elvis Presley, Beyonce, Jay Z, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington etc. They all admit to channeling spirits .
It is crazy we were dumped into satan’s kingdom – born into darkness – a world filled with deception and lies. But there is hope! A Savior, a Person – satan has nothing in Him. A Person who overcame the world. The Light of the world. Jesus Christ of Nazareth. When He returns He’s going to put an end to satan’s Kingdom. In Revelation it reads he gets thrown into the abyss and then ultimately into the lake of fire. So there will be no more sleep paralysis or any kind of demonic attacks then! Jesus’ kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom that will come to no end (Daniel 2:44). All of this should make you reevaluate your life if you’re not a believer. Who or what are you living for? Is there really a heaven and a hell?
There is a pull on the whole world by satan to do evil and to reject the real Jesus Christ of the Bible (I say the real Jesus Christ because many people have a false Jesus that can’t save). He’s not the Muslim Jesus who is merely a prophet and never died on a cross for the sins of the world. He’s not the Mormon Jesus who is the spirit brother of lucifer. He’s not the Jehovah’s Witness Jesus who is the archangel Michael. He is not the New Age Jesus who is a mere man who attained spiritual enlightenment through occult means. The real Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1;14, Col. 2:9)!
In God’s Kingdom when a sinner repents and turns to the Lord and God Jesus Christ the angels in heaven actually rejoice over that one sinner according to Jesus. God actually grieves because of our sins. In Genesis ch. 6 it reads “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” So I can easily imagine God being broken hearted when someone refuses to turn to Him (also read Ezekiel 6:9).
But on the opposite end, there is satan’s kingdom and I have no doubt satan rejoices when a sinner dies in his sin. Satan is like that guy at a pool party who is about to fall inside the pool and tries to hold onto other people to drag them down with him. Indeed, satan is trying to drag everybody down with him to the lake of fire. But I believe satan gets furious when a sinner repents and turns to Jesus for salvation because he lost someone he once held captive. In Luke 4:18 it reads: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;”
All of us without Jesus are actually prisoners of the devil. In fact, we are all spiritually dead unto God until we are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then we are reconciled to God.
Only by the power of Jesus can those shackles and prison bars be broken. I have never witnessed anything but the power of God that can deliver anyone from drug, alcohol or sex addictions.
When a person turns to Jesus the person actually has their name in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5). Is your name written there?
If you need someone to talk to about your sleep paralysis issue or need prayer feel free to reach out to me. Also feel free to share your experiences with sleep paralysis in the comment section.
Have a good, peaceful sleep in the name of Jesus 🙂
“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” Psalms 4:8
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can receive Him into your heart and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”
You can add to this prayer as inspired by the Holy Spirit and through scripture. Pray it as one prayer or use each section as and when required.
Before, you use this prayer, please read Matthew 12:43-45. After expelling the spirits from yourself, you will have to stop sinning, cut out the things of the world and serve God to prevent them from coming back in.
It’s recommended to pray the protection prayer in step 4 or pray the One Warfare Prayer everyday.
For printing: One prayer, Spanish One Prayer. This prayer is also available on YouTube.
Step 1: Confess sins then renounce pride, rebellion and self-centeredness
Father in heaven, in the name of Jesus, I believe that Jesus died on the cross to take my sins and rose again from the dead. I confess all my sins and repent. Vengeance belongs to you God, not me. I forgive everyone who has hurt me and pray for their souls because they don’t know what they have done to me. In Jesus’ name, I transfer all pain, betrayal, rejection, abuse, trauma, shame, guilt and abandonment to the cross of Jesus Christ. I let go of all anger, resentment, hatred, thoughts of revenge and every malicious thought. Father, as I forgive them, please forgive me. (How to forgive everyone). I know that pride is an abomination to you. I renounce pride, rebellion, disobedience, stubbornness and self-centredness. I humble myself and come to You as a little child and ask for forgiveness and deliverance, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Step 2: Breaking all the curses
In the name of Jesus Christ, I break and loose myself and my family from all curses caused by habits, charms, hexes, spells, jinxes, psychic powers, sorcery, witchcraft, love potions, psychic prayers, violence, trauma, physical bondages, mental bondages, incest, illegitimacy, abandonment, rejection and divination, in the family on the mother and father’s side going all the way back to Adam and Eve.
I break and loose myself and my family from any vows I made; from any person or any occult or psychic sources, and any demons coming through the bloodlines. I cancel all invitations made to unclean spirits.
Father, I break and renounce all evil soul ties that I have ever had with (lodges, fraternities, sexual partners, close friends, relatives, engagements, cults, occult objects, dolls, figurines, junk food, cigarettes, drugs, movies, anime, TV shows, computer games, gambling, porn, masturbation, fornication and secular music). I renounce all these ties and declare them destroyed in the name of Jesus.
I renounce, break and loose myself and family from all other religions, especially Roman Catholicism /Hinduism /Islam /Buddhism /Mormonism /Jehovah’s Witness /New Age /Atheism and other religions. I also renounce unbelief, doubt, lies, fear, hatred and anger. I bind and cast out all related spirits.
I renounce, break and loose myself from all demonic subjection to my parents or any human being, living or dead, who has dominated me in any way against the will of God. Thank you for setting me free.
I command satan, to loose all natural resources, land, animals, money, the finances of people who owe us money, and all the things you have stolen from my family that are ours through the blessings of Jesus. Father, please send Your angels to bring these things back to us. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Step 3: Bind the demons and cast out the demons
Through the blood of Jesus, I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil and all my sins are forgiven. The blood of Jesus Christ, cleanses me from all sins. I am justified and made righteous, just as if I had never sinned. I am set apart for God. My body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, redeemed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I belong to Jesus now, body, soul and spirit. His blood protects me against all evil. Satan has no more power over me, no more place inside of me. I renounce all evil spirits completely and declare them to be my enemies. Jesus said: “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils: ….” (Mark 16:17). I am a believer, and in the name of Jesus Christ, I exercise my authority and expel all evil spirits. I command them to leave, according to the Word of God and in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Find a strong believer to pray the next section. If you can’t find one, try praying it yourself (or contact me):
Father in heaven, please send your Holy Spirit to fill us up in the name of Jesus.
I ask for legions upon legions of angels from heaven in the name of Jesus to station around us. Angels of the Lord, at Jesus’ command, attack every unclean spirit in Jesus’ name.
I bind the principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual wickedness and all the strong demons in the name of Jesus. I command all demons not to transfer, go exactly where Jesus wants you to go and do not come back. I cancel all demonic assignments on this person.
- In the name of Jesus, I remit the sins of this person.
- In the name of Jesus, I separate every foul spirit from this person’s soul in accordance with the word of God in Hebrews 4:12.
- I cut every foul spirit from this person with the sword of the spirit.
- Unclean spirits I command you to manifest and come out in the name of Jesus.
- Demons, I command you to come out of the mouth now and never come back in Jesus name. Go to the pit! (Repeat) Up and out! (Repeat)
- I send Holy Spirit fire to burn you 1,000 times hotter than hell in the name of Jesus. Fire from head to toe! (Repeat) Hotter! (Repeat)
- I send Holy Spirit fire all over your body in the mighty name of Jesus. Fire from head to toe! (Repeat) Hotter! (Repeat)
- I send Holy Spirit fire all over the room, the floor and the ceiling. Fire from head to toe! (Repeat) Hotter! (Repeat)
- Every evil spirit that hears my voice, I command you to tell the truth in the name of Jesus. Tell us your name in the name of Jesus. How long have you been in there? What have you been doing inside? How many are inside? And do you have a legal right to be there?
- Every evil spirit that hears my voice, I command you to attack the strongman. Do not stop in the name of Jesus. I order civil war in the name of Jesus. Evil spirits attack each other in the name of Jesus. Destroy your own kingdom.
- I loose burning judgement and destruction upon you in the name of Jesus.
- I command you to look at Jesus and do what he tells you to do. Look at Jesus! (Repeat) Do what he tells you to do! (Repeat)
- I cut all evil spiritual connections to this body and burn it away in the name of Jesus. Burn off now! (Repeat)
- I torment you demons and give you no rest in the name of Jesus.
- Father in heaven, send power from the third heaven to destroy these demons in the name of Jesus.
- I trample on you demons and shatter your being, in the name of Jesus.
- I come against every unclean spirit by the blood of the lamb. This is a child of God. Their body has been sanctified by the blood of Jesus.
- I rebuke and cast out every unclean spirit to the pit and command them never to return in the name of Jesus.
- Warrior angels, hook into the demons and rip them apart. Send the demons to the pit in Jesus name.
- Warrior angels, flog the demons and choke them out. Send the demons to the pit in Jesus name.
Repeat each command as directed by the Holy Spirit. End the deliverance by giving thanks to God and praising him in the name of Jesus.
Examples of this prayer working: Deliverance Videos (If the prayer doesn’t work for you, there is probably something in your life that gives legal right for the spirits to remain or you haven’t fully surrendered to Jesus).
Step 4: Protection prayers for you who are the body of Christ
Dear Father, please make me a humble servant of people like Jesus Christ. I will push myself down, so that you God can lift me up. Remove my human understanding and wisdom and fill me with your wisdom and understanding. I’m a worm before you, Lord. In accordance with your word, my righteousness is as filthy rags. I can’t do good without you. Please have mercy upon me and help me change day by day to become more like Jesus Christ.
I ask that you please send your ministering spirits to protect your people; and all people and animals that would be sacrificed or cursed by occult practices.
In the name of Jesus, I loose legions upon legions of angels to warfare, restore souls, protect believers, stop us from believing and agreeing with lies and release breakthrough upon myself, my family, friends and the world in the name of Jesus.
I loose the Holy Spirit who is the spirit of understanding and wisdom, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of God, and the spirit of adoption upon myself, family and the world. I invite your Holy Spirit who is the spirit of power, of love, and of sound mind against the spirit of fear.
Father, please pour out your Holy Spirit to convict the world of sins and to soften hearts to see truth. Above all, I pray for your will, Father, to be done on earth even as it is done in heaven. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Now GET WATER BAPTISED BY FULL IMMERSION (if you have a bathtub I’ll baptise you). If you need help with scripture or if you can’t get the demons out yourself, connect with me.
Trust in God
Keep doing self-deliverance by praying everyday and submitting your will to God. This may take weeks or even months. Keep going. Deliverance comes when you are desperate and have faith. If you don’t have faith, read the word of God (see Romans 10:17) and watch deliverance videos.
After deliverance, the spirits will hit you with LIES and then FEAR. Example of lies: “You blasphemed God/Holy Spirit/Jesus” or “You just had an evil/lustful thought.” Then they follow it up with fear: “You’re going to hell.” or “God will never forgive you.”
Rebuke the lies:
In Jesus name, I rebuke you lying, hypocritical spirits. That thought didn’t come from me. It came from you. Depart from me in Jesus name.
Rebuke the fear:
In Jesus name, fear is not from God. I rebuke you fear and come against you with the spirit of love, and of power and of sound mind in the mighty name of Jesus.
To overcome lies and fear, you will need to learn how to stand on the word of God. You will need to keep your mind on God and trust in the word of God to protect you. If you let doubt enter, your peace will be destroyed. Perfect peace comes from thinking about God all the time, trusting him, remembering what Jesus did for you, understanding that you are forgiven when you confess your sins (1 John 1:9) and thanking God for his mercy and grace.
Isaiah 26:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Think of all the good things only:
Philippians 4:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Keep the demons out
Read the bible and do the word of God properly. Start from Matthew and read to Revelation first. Then read the old testament. Why? Because we are commanded to and satan is a biblical scholar and expert legal prosecutor. Watch the video below:
Matthew 4:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Watch these too:
- Get to know the real Jesus Christ and surrender
- Keep the Holy Spirit alive after deliverance
- Pray powerful prayers
- Break the cycle of temptation and sin
- Be lowly and meek like this guy – learn to be weak: 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
- Help others because the kingdom of God is within you
- This is a playlist of worship music I came across
Also, play the below deliverance video whenever you can to torment and drive out the demons inside you:
Fellowship with real believers:
- Join us for bible study
- Listen to these teachers – Derek Prince. Here are our Bible Study videos.
- Find a real Church that has power to expel demons and heal the sick
If this prayer has set you free from spiritual oppression
Find me on Skype by clicking this link (install Skype first) or contact me on Facebook to share your testimony with me about how Jesus rescued you, so you can give glory to Jesus for what he has done for you.
Matthew 10:32-33 King James Version (KJV)
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Cursed objects and sources of occult power
Sex: fornication (sex outside of marriage), pornography, lustful thoughts, masturbation, molestation, incest.
Strong emotions: hate, anger, greed, rebelliousness, fear, envy, stubbornness, insecurity.
Martial Arts of all kinds: karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts – studying it, doing it or watching it.
“Luck” or “wish”: Using these words, or good luck charms, horseshoes, wishing on a star, four leaf clover, rabbit’s foot, blowing out birthday candles and making a wish, breaking a “wishbone,” (the word luck comes from the word Lucifer — Satan) and gambling.
Physical health related: Biorhythm and feedback, reiki, acupuncture, acupressure and yoga.
Witchcraft: dreamcatchers, tattoos, animal sacrifice, crystal ball, phrenology (fortune-telling by bumps on the head), irisology (fortune-telling by iris of eyes), foot reflexology, palm reading, incense burning, horoscope, book of Hafez, signs of the Zodiac, birthstones, astrology, voodoo, all kinds of magic, astral projection, ventriloquism, levitation, table tipping and water witching (dowsing or divining, also used to find other things), psychometry (divination by objects), Eckankar, out-of-body travel, séances, spirit guides or counselors, Edgar Cayce, Jean Dixon, Derren Brown, mind control, Transcendental Meditation and tea leaf reading. Please get rid of all crystals, incense, altars, rosaries and related items.
Games: Ouija board, Charlie Charlie Pencil Game, Dungeons & Dragons (used for advance training of witches), Tarot cards, Yugioh cards, Magic the Gathering cards, Extra Sensory Perception, hypnosis, metaphysics and automatic handwriting analysis, role playing computer games.
Religion: reincarnation, false religions, spiritualism, spiritism, ancestral worship, false cults, freemasonry, fraternities, Kabala, Eastern religion, hinduism, taoism, confucianism, krishna, zen, jehovah’s witness, Rosicrucian, bahai, scientology, Christian Science, islam, black muslim, mooneys. Please get rid of all related related paraphernalia especially pictures and statutes of Jesus, Mary, saints, angels, demons, skulls and idols.
Drugs: illegal drugs, mind altering drugs, psychoactive drugs, smoking, and excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption.
Entertainment: heavy metal music, hip-hop music, TV, MTV and movies, especially horror movies, Harry Potter, violent shows. Please get rid of CDs, DVDs and videos of these.
Other Essential information
Information that will help you avoid many pitfalls that we experienced after deliverances.
Notes on spiritual warfare
The above prayer works due to this universal law:
Philippians 2:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
God is already fighting the battle: When you pray, God is already sending angels and spiritual power to rescue you. Do not hope that God will send angels and spiritual power – know that God is already doing it in accordance with this verse:
1 Corinthians 15:57 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
57 and to God — thanks, to Him who is giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ;
Spiritual warfare is a process: Healing and deliverance can be immediate but often you won’t immediately see the results of your prayer. Why? Because it takes time for God’s angels and the Holy Spirit to cleanse our bodies from corruption. In the case of Paul rebuking the evil spirit from the possessed woman in Acts 16:16, it took one hour for the spirit to depart. When Jesus healed the ten lepers, the leprosy departed as the lepers went to the Priest.
Demons have the power to resist but they cannot resist God’s angels and power indefinitely. In the case of Daniel, a demon was able to resist God’s angel for 21 days before the archangel Michael intervened to assist:
Daniel 10:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Faith is not hope: After praying, give thanks to God for already fighting for us. Don’t hope that God will fight for us. This is the difference between faith and hope.
Mark 11:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
This means believe that we have received or will receive what we have prayed for no matter how long it takes. If your prayers haven’t been answered, keep praying.
How long should we keep asking God? Daniel prayed for 21 days. Abraham was 100 years old when he had Isaac. Elizabeth was well advanced in years when she was pregnant with John the Baptist. So, keep praying. Generally, deliverances from evil spirits take a few days or months. Healing may be instant or take a year or more to occur. Other things like asking God for children could be immediate or take years.
Do not ask God for wealth, fame and power. God will never give us things to satisfy the desires of our flesh. Especially, do not ask for a luxury car or a carpark spot unless it is absolutely needed for God’s work, which is to save souls. God is not our genie. If we asked for these things and received them, it wasn’t from God for God would not desire for us to be in the flesh and die:
James 4:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
When you are in Christ, all your prayers will be answered: If we are walking after the Spirit of God, ask whatever we want and it shall be done for us. But remember this, the Spirit of God has but one purpose: to save souls.
John 15:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Fasting greatly increases spiritual power:
Matthew 17:19-21 King James Version (KJV)
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Note, this implies that Jesus was constantly praying and fasting. It is highly recommended to fast one or two days a week (drink water only). If an old woman of 84 can constantly fast and pray, we can constantly fast and pray:
Luke 2:36-37 King James Version (KJV)
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
The importance of prayer: Prayer is super powerful and important.
Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Create a list of people to pray for and then ask God to do the following daily:
- Pray step 4 of the prayer above. Add below as required:
- Send labourers and angels to release breakthrough.
- Break satan’s hold over people’s lives.
- Destroy satan’s kingdom of darkness.
- Have mercy on the souls of people.
- Send dreams and visions to people.
- Shine the light of Christ into people’s heart and minds.
- Remove the blindness that is over their eyes.
- Send the Holy Spirit to convict people’s heart of their sins.
- Give us his spirit of obedience.
- Do the Father’s will in our life and the lives of others.
- To take more of us and give us more of Jesus Christ.
Here are five prayers you can use when you feel like Satan or his demons are attacking you.
Prayer for Guilt Attacks
I know that You forgive all of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1st John 1:9), but sometimes I believe the enemy or one of his demons can send waves of guilt at me. Help me to trust You in the midst of this guilt that is trying to rob my joy. I know that I have trusted in Christ and now there is no more condemnation (Rom 8:1), but the enemy sometimes whispers in my ear that I can’t really be a Christian because of the sin that I still do. Help me to fortify my faith by Your Word and give me that hunger and thirst to know You my Lord, and to expect that all who live for You will be under attack. I trust You to bring me home, so help my troubled conscious, as I ask for Your forgiveness, and restore the joy in my salvation, so that I might tell others about your goodness and that you give grace to the humble (James 4:6),and so it is in the strong name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Prayer for Your Armor
I need the full armor of God to protect myself from the fiery darts of the enemy, because I am no match for the enemy without You and Your presence with me. Help me to keep the Word of God close to my heart so that I can know that You promise to never forsake me and never leave me, and You are faithful to Your own word, so help me to trust in You through Your word when I am feeling attacked. Father God, when these attacks come, send Your Spirit to remind me to focus on Jesus and that He has already had victory over the enemy and crushed all opposition to Your Kingdom, so let me trust in You, and fix my gaze upon Jesus, Who alone has brought the victory, so now I have no need to fear, and in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
Prayer for Relationships
Holy, Holy, Holy, are you oh Father,
I come humbly before You and pray that You would glorify Yourself, even at my expense, and even when I am experiencing trouble in my personal relationships. Sometimes it feels like the enemy works through my employer or other people that are close to me, and that they may be attacking me because of them. Most of my family and co-workers know that I have trusted in You Christ, and this sometimes makes me a target at work and at family events. Help me to stay strong, even when I am treated unfairly, or when someone gossips about me and slanders my name. Please help me to hold my own tongue and be as Jesus was when faced with persecution and hostility. He never retaliated, so help me to not make matters worse when I am angered by some injustice done against me, like when someone’s told a lie about me. Help me to see that sometimes the enemy will use others to create difficulties in my relationships, so I pray that Your hand uphold me, even while everything seems to be in shambles, and in Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.
Prayer for Discernment
Sometimes I feel attacked in my inner conscience and I’m not always sure if it’s from You or if it’s from the enemy. Help me to know when it’s Your Spirit Lord, so that I can repent of my sin and confess it to you. When I feel condemned, help me to know that I’m no longer standing in condemnation. When I feel You’re angry at me, help me to see that I am trusting my feelings over what You reveal in Your Word. I know You are only angry at the sinner every day, but now, I no longer have Your wrath upon me because I have placed my trust in Jesus (John 3:36). What an amazing love You have for me, Lord, evidenced by Jesus’ supreme sacrifice, which You also had to suffer through. Help me to know whether You are convicting me of something and when You are prompting me to do something, or when it’s the enemy laying all of the worldly guilt upon me, which is not of God. Oh Father, I cannot always know without Your Spirit whether it is You speaking to me or it is the enemy, so give me discernment to know when it is You and when it is the enemy, and in the name above all names, the Lord, Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
Fighting the Invisible
I know that we are all fighting an invisible enemy that, alone, we are absolutely no match for. These wicked spirits are in high places and are sometimes part of the rulers in our land. Great God, help them to do what You would have them do so that we might have a peaceable life, in order that others would hear the gospel. There is coming a time, Lord, when we might not have the chance to openly speak about Jesus Christ in public. I pray that those now living in darkness in our community, who are blinded by the god of this world (2nd Cor 4:3-4), would have their eyes opened to receive the glorious gospel so that they might be saved. Let us fight on our knees Father, having in place the armor of Your righteousness that protects us from the wicked enemies. This dark, invisible enemy and his demons hate those who are Yours Lord, so help us to prepare ahead of time to ward off the weapons of the enemy, and to stay in Your Word to see that the enemy will eventually be vanquished (Rev 20:11-15). I pray this for Your Son’s glory in whose precious name I pray, Amen.
If you tell me that you’re under attack, I’ll say, “Good. You must be doing something for Jesus.” I remember having a demonic attack in the middle of the night. It was scary, believe me. I immediately started praying Jesus’ name out loud and praising Him, and it finally went away. That was a first for me, and I have never forgotten it, but whether it was Satan himself or not, I don’t know. I doubt it because Satan goes after the big fish in the big ponds, not little fish in little ponds. Yes, it is possible, but since Satan is not omnipresent, meaning he can’t be present at two or more places at the same time. I doubt two people can have Satan attacking them at the same time on opposite ends of the earth. Only God is omnipresent (present everywhere). Satan is a created being and does not have this attribute and is limited by God by what he or his demons can do. Your best defense against spiritual attacks is to stay in the Word, memorize the Word, stay in fellowship with other Christians who will hold you accountable, and pray, pray, pray, like nobody’s business.
Here are some more prayers for you to pray: 10 Short Prayers for Protection
Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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